Yukon Land Claim Agreementadmin
The Northern Tuthon First Nations, consisting of Nacho Nyak Dun First Nation, Selkirk First Nation and Little Salmon/Carmacks First Nation, were in the planning and discussion phase with the Government of Canada and the Yukon government on a draft framework for a justice management agreement. Caucus meetings were held prior to the Judicial System Management Agreement meetings and covered topics such as general negotiation updates, the framework agreement, priorities for each Northern Tutchone Community, and the response of the Government of Canada or the Yukon government to questions. During the year, many discussions took place on topics related to the draft framework of the administrative justice convention, as well as on work plans, indicative schedule and reporting obligations. So far, progress in this file has been very slow. Once a framework agreement on the administration of justice has been signed, negotiators will begin the development of the administration of justice agreement proper for the municipalities of Northern Tutchone First Nation. Vuntut National Park is part of a multi-year agreement with the Yukon government, the Government of the Northwest Territories, the Yukon First Nations Council, the Inuvialuit Game Council, the Dene Nation and the Métis Association of the Northwest Territories, which make up the Porcupine Caribou Management Council. Smith explains how the training provided by the Canadian government is not relevant to Yukon`s Aboriginal values and beliefs. The Canadian government provides education in terms of the economy, and in the first place encourages students to go to post-secondary education.  Smith believes that if Yukon First Nations have the capacity to change the education system, they would be able to create programs that are relevant and appropriate for Aboriginal people.  Programs could include land training, arts and crafts. The current process began in 1973 with the publication of Together Today For our Children Tomorrow by chef Elijah Smith. Negotiations took place in the late 1970s and early 1980s, culminating in an agreement that was ultimately rejected.
The Ministry of Energy Mines and Resources is responsible for meeting the Yukon government`s regional land use obligations. These include coordinating government involvement in planning processes and providing funding to the Yukon Land Use Planning Council and regional planning commissions. With regard to human resources and social development and the training strategy for Aboriginal and employment professionals, negotiations have taken place for a new intergovernmental agreement. A working group has been set up to expedite the conclusion of the draft intergovernmental agreement. Before Yukon First Nations regained their autonomy, the federal government regulated how they could use their country. Prior to the agreement, Yukon First Nations claimed the country and Yukon resources as all under their ownership.  This was based on the traditional occupation and use of this land. But all Yukon cases were controlled by Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC).  INAC was responsible for implementing programs related to law, land reserves, health, social services and housing.